The Queen has reportedly told the Royal Family she is now “far better” and will be able to host the traditional Christmas at Sandringham following her health scare.
Her Majesty, 95, has moved to reassure her family she is on the mend and “looking forward” to the festive
family gathering at her Norfolk estate.
Fears over the Queen’s health were sparked in recent weeks after the monarch was forced to pull out of
a number of engagements due to a back sprain. On the advice of her doctors, she has been resting at
Windsor Castle after becoming injured almost two weeks ago.
Last month she spent a night in hospital for an unspecified condition. This Christmas will be the first for The Queen after she lost her husband, Prince Philip in April. Their marriage lasted for 73 years before his death.
Report says the Queen will travel to Sandringham around December 17.
According to the report, it is likely she would make a 50-minute helicopter journey from Windsor
but has not yet added the rule out of the traditional journey by train from London to Kings Lynn.
Lists of guests for Queen Elizabeth’s traditional Christmas
Guests at Sandringham will include her son Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall as well as
the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children.
Prince Edward has also confirmed his attendance, along with his wife Sophie and their children, Louise and James. Also expected to attend, are Princess Anne and her children Peter Philips and Zara Tindall.
An invitation is also out to Princess Beatrice, her husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi, and their newborn daughter Sienna, and to Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank, and their baby son August.
According to sources, Prince Andrew also “obviously” has an invite. It is thought to be “highly unlikely” Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle will fly from California with their two children to attend although it is said they have been invited.
Last year, The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh spent Christmas alone in Windsor Castle due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
More on Queen Elizabeth improved health
A source told The Mirror: “The Queen has told everyone she is feeling far better of late and is very much looking forward to welcoming them for Christmas.
“Like many other families, this will be the first time Her Majesty can gather with her extended family after being kept apart for so long due to the coronavirus pandemic.”
Royal fans will be eager to catch a glimpse of the royals all together at the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene, a 16th-century church on the Sandringham property.
The Queen is reportedly “determined” to attend the service, along with the rest of the family, but will be driven to the church to save her walking the short distance.
The Queen has already carried out some light duties and yesterday held two virtual audiences via video link, welcoming the High Commissioner for Nigeria, Sarafa Tunji Isola, and then the Ambassador of Malaysia, Zakri Jaafar.
Buckingham Palace said the Christmas plans were “a private affair”.
By Taiyelolu A